'We learnt about the importance of democracy'. 




Ww learnt about which skills would be needed ... 

The council, led by Mrs Carlin is made up of representatives from each class and they have a set agenda for their meetings.

Who will be the lucky winners?

Last year’s school council were put to work for the final time, as they counted up all the votes for the new School Council!!

Our new School Council 2017/18

Congratulations to the newly elected Whiston J & I School Council, 2017 - 18


Their first tasks were to judge the Harvest Festival ‘Paint a Pot’ competition and decide on the theme for Children In Need Day on Friday 17th November 2017.


They decided on - ‘Say Yay for Yellow!’ and they raised over £301.00. Well done Whiston!!




Roles and responsibilities of the Council

Chairperson  -  draws up an agenda; takes views of other council members; gives his/her view about matters being considered.

Vice Chairperson  -  takes the Chairperson's place if not available; assists the Chairperson.

Secretary  -  takes the minutes of a meeting; writes any letters/communication with others.

Treasurer - learns about finance and meets with Mrs Furness to discuss any proposed purchases by the Council; to monitor money spent.

What is the School Council?

  1. An inclusive, structured forum for discussion and decision making.
  2. A means for children to raise issues and concerns.
  3. A means to consult all pupils.

Why have a School Council

  1. To help children develop responsible attitudes and independence.
  2. To improve children's behaviour in school.
  3. To give children hands-on experience of issues in the National Curriculum, including PSHE and Citizenship.
  4. To create a feeling of belonging, encourage listening to others and develop self-confidence and self-esteem.
  5. To improve pupil/teacher relationships.

How does the School Council work?

The Chair leads the meetings with Mrs Carlin.  Conventional committee procedures are used.  Class representatives bring issues to the School Council.

How can I raise an issue?

Children complete ‘Have Your Say’ slips and the class representatives bring these slips to the School Council meetings or they can discuss issues directly with their councillor.

How do I find out what happened?

Class representatives will feed back to their class as soon as possible and actions are displayed on the School Council Board.